Job Seekers Corner

Qualities You Need to Get the Job You Want in 2013
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According to Shirell Hairston of, unpredictability is a hallmark in today's economy.  A job seeker must possess an unwavering commitment to his job search, despite the obstacles he may encounter along the way.  The journey to a job can be challenging, but to survive, you must juggle the struggle with grace and fortitude.  Listed below are four qualities you need to successfully outperform the test of unemployment (or underemployment) and land the job you want in 2013.
  1. PURPOSE.  A purpose, or goal bigger than yourself, will keep you in the race no matter how frustrated or disappointed you become.
  2. BOLDNESS.  The ability to conquer fear and be bold is vital in the quest for employment.  Rejection stings.  But being turned down for a job gives you an opportunity to reflect on what you've done, what you're doing and what you want.  Be bold and apply for jobs regardless of how many times other companies have declined your application.  Success favors the bold.
  3. FLEXIBILITY.  Sometimes, your job search methods will be unprofitable.  That doesn't necessarily mean you've done something wrong.  It may be indicative of the need to revise your overall game plan.  By all means, change your strategy if it is not yielding favorable results.  Having S. M. A. R.T. goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely) means you will give yourself a specific amount of time to achieve your goals.
  4. PERSISTENCE.  Unflinching persistence doesn't blink or buckle in the face of defeat.  Job seekers who are driven and motivated -- those who possess the kind of spirit that doesn't give up and remain optimistic no matter how dismal their circumstances appear -- will endure the job market chaos, overcome setbacks and achieve their employment goals.